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May 2012
Spot the Error

This Saturday is the four-month anniversary of Marcie and Dan’s first date.

We’ve got some conflicting information here: four-month and anniversary. The word anniversary does not mean commemoration; it means the annual recurrence of an event. The root anni- (which means yearly) gives it away. If you say “four-month anniversary,” people will know what you mean, but you’d be exposing the linguistic toilet paper stuck to your shoe.

It would be better to say, “Saturday marks four months since Marcie and Dan began dating” or “On Saturday, Marcie and Dan will have been dating for four months.” No toilet paper there.

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